Ask the Expert: Skin Care 101

September 2011

by: Jan Dupuy, RN Nurse Specialist in Cosmetic Skin Care
Owner of the Biltmore Skin Care Center

Ask: With so many skin care products on the market how do I choose?

Answer: The short answer – ask your Dermatologist or Nurse Specialist. Just like our tax laws, changes are constantly being made in “true corrective” products. In my opinion, anything that isn’t FDA approved is a waste of money because they lack the science and the desire to submit to the rigors of our FDA. Remember, the FDA is there to protect us. So get your skin evaluated, spell out your goals, get started and be patient. Real skin change starts to occur in about 6 weeks. Still plenty of time to refresh and rejuvenate before the holidays.

Ask: What’s a product you think every one needs?

Answer: Besides a great sunscreen I would have to say an eye cream that aids in tissue restructuring. We sell several FDA approved brands and I love them all! Stop by for a complimentary consultation. I’ll help you choose the right one.

Ask: Why is exfoliating so important to the skin?

Answer: Shedding old skin cells makes room for new ones. Old cells can also be carriers of pre- cancerous cells. It’s a good idea to shed them before they cause bigger health issues. Also ridding yourself of dull dead skin, will boost your appearance and glow. Regular mini-peels on a monthly basis are a breeze but quarterly treatments that are a little more aggressive and will also improve the tone and texture of the skin, reduce age spots and stimulate collagen.

Ask: How do you know when you are ready for a stronger acne treatment, like Accuntane?

Answer: You know when you’ve exhausted all other standard medical treatments. You’ve been on several different antibiotics both orally and topically and nothing is working. The acne still persists, even if it’s not cystic (painful lumpy) acne. The best treatment for any acne is early intervention. Let’s face it, acne is depressing! It’s not a “right of passage” from adolescence to adulthood. It’s treatable and everyone deserves to look and feel their best!

Be sure to contact the Biltmore Skin Care Center for details on products and procedures.

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